About our institutes
Institutes based at PennWest California conduct research, provide professional development and offer specialized services to communities throughout southwestern Pennsylvania.
Child & Family Studies
The Child and Family Studies Institute conducts research into child and family issues to provide parents, educators, policymakers and healthcare professionals with information that can help them meet the challenges of modern life.
The Pennsylvania Center for Investigative and Forensic Sciences offers real-time investigative consulting and professional training programs for police, district attorneys, public defenders and others involved in the administration of justice.
Native American Studies
The LaDonna Harris Native American Studies Institute fosters understanding and respect for Native American culture and peoples both within the University community and the larger region.
Law & Public Policy
The Institute for Law and Public Policy offers continuing education for a broad range of professionals, including police, attorneys, corrections personnel, educators, regulatory professionals, CPAs and judicial personnel.
Northern Appalachian Network
The Northern Appalachian Network is a multidisciplinary network promoting teaching, scholarship and service focused on the northern Appalachian region, its people and their environment.
Partners for Fish & Wildlife
Based at PennWest California, Partners for Fish and Wildlife is a cooperative effort among many agencies. It works with landowners to remediate degraded wetlands and streamside environments, and to restore native grassland and wildflower habitat.
The Rural Communities Institute builds collaborative partnerships that enhance the quality of life in small towns and rural communities, especially in southwestern Pennsylvania, through social work and human services programs.
Karen and Tom Rutledge Institute for Early Childhood Education
The Karen and Tom Rutledge Institute for Early Childhood Education is a center for educational excellence based at PennWest California.
Serene Leadership Institute
Founded by a PennWest California alumni couple, the Linda and Harry Serene Leadership Institute gives back to the University and the community by sponsoring a speaker series, scholarships, workshops, leadership conferences and other events.
HRSA at PennWest California
The PennWest California Counselor Education and Social Work Departments offer programs for a variety of events including webinars, free training and student stipends through Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) grants.
Rural Behavioral Health Institute
The Rural Behavioral Health Institute strives to provide behavioral health training opportunities and partnerships to the widest range of the vulnerable, underserved, diverse population within Allegheny, Fayette, Greene, Washington, and Westmoreland counties.